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Is Home Ice an Advantage for the Bruins?

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Now that the have Bruins tied their series with the Buffalo Sabres at 1-1, it now shifts to The Hub of Hockey for Games 3 and 4, but is playing in front of the Causeway Crowd an advantage for the Bruins? A loud and boisterous crowd of guys named Sully and Murph should be a huge edge for the hometown team, but this is the team that finished the season with a mediocre 18-17-6 home record and went over two months without a home win.

Looking deeper at the numbers, in many respects the B's played better at home during the regular season despite their record:

Home Road
Goals For 99 97
Goals Against 97 94
Power Play Goals For 30 14
Power Play Goal Against 16 21
Shorthanded Goals For 4 2
Shorthanded Goals Against
3 1
Power Play %
19.4%
12.7%
Penalty Kill 88.9% 83.6%
Record 18-17-6 21-13-7
Team +/- -12 +10

 

Of course, this is the playoffs. So, you can threw out all the regular season numbers and wipe the slate clean. This is a whole new season and you can be sure that The Garden will be packed on Monday with fans rooting for the Black & Gold and creating a difficult environment for the visiting Sabres.